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|These are the Daily Tech Headlines for Monday, May 29, 2017. I'm Tom Merritt||These are the Daily Tech Headlines for Monday, May 29, 2017, Memorial Day in the US. I'm Rich Stroffolino|
|On May 27th, British Airways cancelled all flights from Heathrow and Gatwick due to a massive IT failure. The booking system, baggage handling, check-in desk, and phone apps were all effected. Over 1000 flights were delayed or cancelled. British Airways stated there was no evidence that the disruption was the result of a cyber-attack.|
|According to multiple sources Google has launched a new venture capital program focused on artificial intelligence. Axios reports the VC program will be led by engineers specifically, Anna Patterson, a longtime Google VP of engineering who specializes in AI. |
Also involved is Ankit Jain, who returned to Google's engineering department last month. Patterson will report up through Google, rather than through Alphabet. The group is seeking to make relatively small investments somewhere between $1 million and $10 million. The program may co-invest with Google Ventures.
|In a letter to Republican Rep. Bob Goodlatte, tech companies asked for a number of reforms to NSA survelliance program known as Section 702 which is up for reauthorization. |
The request for changes include protections for American data and new transparency measures to let customers know about government surveillance requests. Among the signatories are Airbnb, Amazon, Cisco, Dropbox, Facebook, Google, LinkedIn, Lyft, Microsoft and Uber.
|Business Insider reports that Lyft launched a new feature allowing drivers to accept a rider scheduled pickup days or hours in advanced with full information on where the rider is going and how long it will take to make the trip. |
Other announcements included a new driver app and “power zones” an incentive that gives drivers bonuses (aka extra $) when they give rides in or from a demarcated Power Zone section of a selected city.
|Reuters reports that according to government sources, Japan will publish rules on June 9th allowing for drone deliveries by 2020 and autonomous trucks by 2022. The rules will also ease regulations on companies testing out new technologies, putting them in a regulatory sandbox for exploring new advances, including using AI on medical data. The policy is specifically targeting advances in life expectancy, financial and transportation infrastructure, and supply chains.|
|In a move of impecable showmanship, after sweeping Go champion Ke Jie 3-0, the DeepMind team announced that AlphaGo was retiring from event matches. DeepMind's researchers will be moved to other AI projects. Data from 50 matches of AlphaGo playing itself will be released for the Go community for study, and DeepMind will soon publish a paper on how the AI was architected.|
|ARM unveiled updated mobile chip IP. The Cortex-A75 CPU core offers a claimed 50% performance boost over the outgoing A73, which ARM claims gives enough performance to run machine learning alogorithms directly on mobile devices. The in-order executing A55 CPU core is 2.5 more power efficient than the existing A53. Up to 8 of these CPU cores can be combined with ARM's previously announced DynamIQ technology to form highly customized clusters. Finally, ARM announced the Mali-G72 graphics core, which aims to be 17% more efficient at machine learning applications.||https://www.engadget.com/2017/05/29/arm-ai-cortex-cpu-cores/|
|At Computex, Asus announced the Zenbook Flip S, a converstable 13.3 laptop that's only 10.9 mm thick and weighs 2.42 punds. The laptop also has a 4K screen, 11.5 hours of battery life, and a single USB-C port with a starting price of $1,099. The company also announced three 15.6-inch laptops. The Zenbook Pro features a 4K screen, 14 hours of battery life, a core i7 CPU, and a Nvidia GTX 1050Ti GPU with a starting price of $1299. The Vivobook Pro keeps the 4k display and i7 CPU, adds a number pad to the keyboard, but has a lower end Nvidia GTX 1050. No word on battery life claims, with a starting price of $799. The Vivobook S is Asus' entry level 15.6 inch laptop, but features an 17.9mm thick aluminium body, Core i7 CPU, and a last gen Nvidia GTX 940MX GPU, starting at $499. Finally, the company announced the Zenbook 3 Deluxe, a 12.9mm thick 14-inch laptop. The ZB3D starts at $1199, and comes with 2 thunderbolt 3 ports, a core i7 CPU, and a 1080p display.|
|Snap Inc announced it acquired LA-based drone maker Ctrl Me Robotics. Founder Simon Saito Nielsen will join Snap, along with company assets and equipment. Buzzfeed News reports the deal was worth less than one-million dollars.|
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